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Shopping Therapy

As usual, it's been hectic. I've had to go back to work this past week, but instead of my in laws coming out to watch the kids, I had to have my babysitter stay with the rugrats. They had a great time, even though it was much more expensive for me. I've been especially stressed because of all that's been going on (working, chaotic house, running errands WITH kids, Samson) and what's coming up (trip to Key Largo for SIL's wedding). THANKFULLY I don't have to go back to work until Jan 8th. WOOHOO!!! I like my job, they are FANTASTIC when it comes to my schedule, but it's still one more thing that has to be done in the day.

So today I got in the car and went shopping. BY MYSELF!!..

First stop, JoAnn's. They were having a good sale and I was in need of some touch therapy. Feeling the fabrics and yarns has such a soothing effect on me. Touching the flannels, the cordouroys, the satins. The smell of the books, the feel of the yarns. I didn&#…

The Hills are Alive

Can I tell you how much I love this movie? I swear I watch it every time it comes on TV. I have the DVD special edition of it as well, but its just not the same. I need to see it with the commercials to get the full effect of being 10 again and watching it with my family. This movie (and a pitcher of Mud Slides) has definitely made me feel better.

Busyness also makes one forget your troubles. Tomorrow my in laws are coming out. I wasnt expecting them so soon, but apparently my MIL's brother died and they will be flying back up for the funeral. We will take them to the airport, and then pick them back up when they fly back. Once they come back we will be heading down to the FLorida Keys for my SIL's wedding. This is going to be a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to it.

Here is a look at the sky today.

It was quite beautiful, but VERY humid!! Made the house sticky. This is why they invented a/c! Who wants to be sticky??

I also decided that I needed to switch projects for a bit…


Goodnight sweet prince. You will be missed.

A VERY bad day.

Back in May I was told my Samson was in Chronic Kidney Failure. Basically his kidneys were not doing their job of cleaning out the toxins in his body. I did a lot of research, talked with the vet and the IO and we decided that since there wasn't much we could do to cure him, we would let him live his life until the quality was not there.

Unfortunately we have hit that mark.

He had a fat lip that under further inspection showed it was a bad infection. Without going into too much detail, the toxins in his body are starting to take over. The vet drew more blood, but he's basically preparing me for the worst.

I've debated abt posting this to my blog, but since I show so many pictures of him, I felt I'd be remissed if I didn't explain why he wasnt getting any more air time. I keep hoping for a miracle but when your cat doesn't want to eat, drink or even fight over computer desk space, you know you need to do the humane thing.

This sucks.

I Did it Again.

Well I finished #1 Son's sock Saturday night like I hoped. Had him try it on. It was tight. UGH! I stretched it out a bit on his foot and he said it felt better. I made him wear it for abt 1/2 hour to see how it would feel after he wore it for a bit. He said it felt great but when I looked at it, the back of the heel was UNDER his heel instead!

How it is possible that this is the 2nd pair of socks that I've tried to make for this kid and IT DOESN'T FIT!! I even measured his foot to make sure that it was long enough. The only thing I can figure is that I can't add negative ease to his socks. He has a VERY wide foot and I think he needs that extra bit to help with the stretch around his foot.

Here is what the sock looks like.

I tried it on Baby Girl and of course it fit her fine! I was going to make a matching one for her, but there are some things abt this sock I'm not happy with. The gusset was a bit wonky, but as long as it looked ok on, I wasnt going …

NEVER Say Boring!

Ever since I said that a cloudless blue sky was B-O-R-I-N-G, we haven't had one! We've had rain and clouds or a blue sky with puffy clouds. I don't mind the puffy clouds, but the rain and humidity have got to go! Here is what we had today.

The only blue I could find breaking thru the clouds. Temps were around 72.

What was done on a Saturday such as this? Lots of cleaning! I tackled #1 Son's bedroom and the IO tackled the kitchen. This pretty much took the majority of our day! Finally got #1 Son's room complete, including moving things around so that he'd feel more comfortable in his room. He LOVES it and spent the rest of the afternoon playing in it.

As far as the kitchen, ugh. What a job! The IO took the stove apart to give it a thorough cleaning plus to check to make sure there was no damage. It's a good thing too since some of the wiring was damaged and live wire was exposed! YIKES!! I no longer have a front right burner, but that's ok, …

How Weird Are You??

First thanks for all the well wishes. I *think* I'm getting better. I feel better, but not 100% yet. I'm a little worried since I only have 2 days of meds left and I dont think I will magically wake up Monday morning feeling fantastic. But then again, do ANY of us wake up Monday mornings feeling fantastic? We'll see. I've got the dr on speed dial.

Also thanks for all the kind thoughts abt the kitchen. Both Deborah and Singular Stitches wanted to know who cleaned up all the mess?? Who said its cleaned up?? The IO said to leave it, he will clean it. I've been cleaning around it. He's slow and I'm stubborn. A match made in heaven (or hell, depending on the day). I did get rid of the burnt fries since they were beginning to smell.

Now that I've thoroughly grossed you all out, let's move on to a meme I've been tagged for. Jane tagged me yesterday for a new meme. And apparently there are rules!!

“THE RULES:Each player of this game starts…


I decided to take the vest outside today. Even though its overcast, I figured I could get some decent pictures of the dark yarn. Here are the two front panels.

I finished up the 2nd panel to where I need to start decreasing for the arm holes. Meanwhile I pull out panel #1 to look at where I made my error. See where the safety pin is holding those few stitches?

This is where I figure my mystake is. That should be on the inside, so basically I did the shaping for the neck where the armhole is and vice/versa. No biggie. I go over the directions for the ribbing when I notice that I made an even bigger error than I thought..... Go back to the picture I just showed you. Go ahead, I'll wait......

Do you see the tan yarn sticking out over the stitch counter and needle?? Apparently I need to rip back to THERE since I was following instructions for the WRONG SWEATER!!! ARGH!! I need to do different decreases for both the neck and the armholes. These will be at the same time so I really need to…

Burning Down the House

It all started when I asked the Insane One to make dinner. I was tired from the day and it was 4:30. If we started a chicken now we could eat at a normal time. The IO can make a chicken no problem so he said sure. Around 5:30 he decided to make some french fries. I'm thinking he's going to cut up potatoes in french fry fashion and bake them in the oven.



I heard a bunch of clatter going on and the kids are freaking out. I ask if everything is ok (I have now moved to the office which is off the kitchen. The only part I can see of the kitchen is the pantry). I'm told everything is fine but when I could see the glow of fire against the pantry wall, I knew there was a problem.

I walk in to see the IO taking a lid and covering the back burner, lift it up and try to blow on it, and then cover it back up. He left the lid over the burner and the fire went out. Meanwhile the fire alarm in the living room is going off and my house is filling with smoke. #1 So…

Great News!

I don't have mono!! I just have a really bad infection. I can live with that!! I still have little energy and the meds aren't working as quickly as I'd like. If anything they make me feel worse since its doing a number on my digestive system. BUT I DON'T HAVE MONO and for that I'm thrilled! And the other good news, I'm losing weight from all this so hopefully I'll be quite svelte for my sil's wedding in Jan! LOL

Changing gears, remember how we had a REALLY cold day last week? It was only a high of 56 and with the wind chill it was in the 40s. Here is what my fashion plate decided to put together.

And not a stitch of pink can be found!

The same day of all that cold was the same day that #1 Son turned 8.

The photo's a bit blurry but I LOVE it so much since its a true smile, not his typical *canned* ones.

"Some" knitting has been happening. I've really done VERY little this wknd, I hate not even having energy to knit, BUT I did work on #1 Son…

I'm Not Dead Yet!

I think I'll go for a walk.

If you are not familiar with where this comes from, go HERE.

That being said, I still don't feel great and have little energy. I'm basically in bed all day watching TV. Not such a bad thing if I had enough energy to knit. I've done a little bit of work on #1 Son's socks and nothing on his vest. I just don't have the mind for it. The cats are LOVING it since they pretty much stay either next to me or ON me the whole time. They don't even go running when the kids decide to run and jump on the bed (which happens A LOT).

However, I was still able to take pictures of the sky today. I looked outside around 10:30 and it was all blue. B-O-R-I-N-G. Then around 1pm we had this.....

and this

Around 4pm we had this for a temp

and this sky

But my favorite view was of this at around 8:45pm

and this

What is this?? A view of this from my house

I know they just look like blobs of light in these pictures, but it was SOO much better in person!! At …

The Plague

The good news, I don't have strep.

The bad news, I might have mono.


Honestly I don't think I have mono. Most people I've talked to who've had mono could barely get out of bed, let alone get the kids ready for school, themselves ready for work, drop off the kids, work the AM until its time to pick up Baby Girl, go home and make us all lunch, pick up #1 Son in the afternoon and make dinner. At this point I'm falling into bed and am there the rest of the night. I still think this is too much for a person with mono to accomplish. I think the Dr is erring on the side of caution, but I'd rather that than to say I'm not that bad. If I could just remove my head, clean it all out and put it back on, I'd be much better!! LOL

The good news of all this? I have no desire to "housewife" today. I'm going to make myself some breakfast, take my multitude of pills and sit on the couch until its time to get Baby Girl. And because I'm one bi…

I Prefer the Socks

I finished #1 Son's front left vest panel today. Here is a picture of the blob of yarn.

It looks better when I lay it on me and stretch it out to see the shaping of it. However I REALLY think I made a mistake toward the top. I think I started shaping the neck where the shoulder should be and the shoulder where the neck should be. They are VERY similar so I think I'll be able to fudge it when I add the binding around it. I'm at a point that i'm really not enjoying it anymore. I just want it done. I cast on for the front right panel, did abt 4 rows and put it away. I just couldnt look at it anymore today.

Meanwhile I cast on for some socks.

Mindless vanilla socks again. I think abt adding a pattern, esp since I see such gorgeous socks out there with great looking patterns, but then I realize that I'm doing this for ME, not for others, so vanilla socks it is. I enjoy the mindlessness of it all, a big reason I'm knitting these days. These will also be for #…

Saturday Sky

It's Saturday and in addition to taking it easy today, I did manage to look up.

Blech. It's been yucky all day. The front that is dumping a ton of snow over the midwest is making us cloudy and damp.

But at least we are still warm....

Our cold air won't come thru until Monday when we'll have a low of 49. Yes that is spring for some of you, but quite chilly for us natives.

I'm blaming the weather for my blahness today. Not really motivated for much. My huge list of shopping and movies was downgraded to just one place. JoAnn's. I didn't buy as much as expected. I got 3 scrapbooks to fix #1 Son's Kindergarten one (it fell apart from being worn out) and to make one for 1st grade. Considering we are almost 1/2 way thru 2nd grade, I figured this was a good idea. I also bought one for Baby Girl. I make very simple scrapbook pages. Nothing fancy, just some pictures put on some coordinating paper. It's more for them to look back on (which explains …

Some Yarny Goodness

Remember Socktoberfest? At the end of it, Lolly had giveaways to those who joined. Amazingly enough, I was one of the winners! Very exciting to me because I've never won a blog contest before. I get with my girl Mia (I'd add her link but her blog isnt coming up for me) who will be sending out my winning yarn. Well just like everybody else, November was a busy month for her and she mailed it out later than she wanted to, so she told me she added a little something extra.

Here is what I got.....

Isnt it lovely?? Here I was expecting yarn to knit a pair of socks with and I get enough for TWO!!

But wait, there's more!!!

Ok this woman went over and above the call of duty!! She also included a card that had a closeup of a cat in a pink afghan. SO cute!! Mia you did an incredible job and I am thrilled!!

But that's not the end of the yarny goodness. I went to JoAnn's today to use up my 40% off coupons. I havent been in that store in a LONG time and I've been d…

About Last Night

I do my best work at night.

They are finished and I am really happy with them! Here are the stats.....

Knit Picks Sock Landscape Mesa 100% Merino wool
Cast on 56 stitches on size 2dpns
Worked K1P1 ribbing for 6 rows then K3P1 rib for a total of 4.5" cuff
Stockinette foot
Sock #1: 10/23-11/19/06
Sock #2: 11/19-11/26/06

Now the next question is, what sock yarn to use next?? I've been progressively going down a needle size on each sock so may try my next pair on a size 1. I really want to try my Regia Bamboo yarn but its similar in colorway to the above sock and I need to do something different. I may have to do something in pink and purple.

Samson says:

Yes I am beautiful. You cannot look away, but you must. Bring me treats.

Bet you thought I forgot!

It's Saturday! But where is my sky?? Right here!

And the temp at 12:45pm today.

Not a bad temp, but with the sky being cloudy and it being windy, it felt cooler than it actually was.

Health is on an upswing because basically I'm doing nothing. I think I did dishes today and oh yeah, I picked up a pizza, but that was the extent of it all. I've either been on the computer or on the bed watching tv. Whenever I get motivated to start something, I get overwhelmed by whatever project I want to start, so I sit in front of some kind of monitor and veg. You'd think I was getting lots of knitting done as well, but not really. I finally turned the heel on sock #2 and I'm on the foot. I swear I have dropped more stitches on these two socks than I have on anything else. EVER. Just tonight I was switching dpns and the one I grabbed out of my hand was the one with the live stitches on it, instead of the empty one. This is what I get for trying to watch The Producers whi…

Gobble Gobble

Somewhere some turkey is saying thank you to us. You see, we buck the system here. We are non traditionalists. *WE* don't eat turkey today just because everybody else does. Not us. We had LASAGNA today instead! With meat sauce and sausage. Yummmmm.

So a turkey was spared.

Oh wait. We had turkey sandwiches for lunch today.

~Never mind~

In other news, much knitting is being accomplished. How I'm not making major mistakes while on cold meds is beyond me, but hey, I'm going with it. First up, the back of #1 Son's vest is complete.

I know, it looks like one big blob of knitted nothingness. I just cant seem to get a good picture of it. Maybe once I have it finished and being modeled by #1 Son. However, this part took me over a month to do. At this rate it will be done by March when it will no longer be cold enough for it.

I've also made some progress on my sock. One is complete and the other is almost at the point where I can start the heel.

And on a final not…

Why is it?

Why is it that all my witty banter and creative blog ideas take place at all the wrong times?? Like while picking up the kids from school. Or doing laundry. Or laying in bed at night too tired to move. And yet when I do make it to the computer to put it all down, nothin'. Crickets play in the background. A blank page staring back at me. I blame it on the cold meds.

Yes cold meds. We are sick. AGAIN! This is getting crazy!! I have been sick more times this year than I have I think EVER! Baby Girl has had this cough on and off for abt a month. As soon as she gets better it comes back. But then again 1/2 her pre-K class has the same cough. #1 Son was sick on Sunday. So was the Insane One for that matter. He went to work on Monday but I kept the rest of us home. Tues was a short day and we are all now home the rest of the week. #1 Son and the IO are much better. Baby Girl still doesnt feel great, but with the holiday the soonest we can get to the Dr would be Monday.…

This is why everybody comes here.......

Yes we DO get rain, just not very much around this time of year. Here is the sky and temp at 8:30 this AM.

I had to put on sweatpants and socks this AM!! I know, no sympathy.

I took this picture from the front of the house instead of the back. Gotta mix up the blue!

Somebody else out enjoying the weather.

As I'm writing this, the rest of the family are watching a show called How It's Made. It's a cool show on the Science Channel that shows you how things are made. Today's show is about how mannequins, hypodermic needles and believe it or not, how socks are made! I keep hearing bits and pieces and boy are they bragging how fast a sock can be made on a machine vs a human! Well LA DI DA!! I may not be fast but my yarn is much nicer than plain vanilla white!!

Speaking of my socks, I am still on sock #1. I apparently dropped a stitch but didnt notice it until I was 7 rows past it. I'm a bit of a tight knitter so it never went anywhere, it just sort of stuck out…

One Skein In.....

I've been working on #1 Son's vest and I just finished using the first skein. I was a bit worried that I didn't have enough yarn for this project, but that first skein lasted longer than I expected so I'm pretty sure I'm good to go. But I won't have much left over......

Also, in true Happy Acres style, we made a school project a group effort. #1 Son had a project for school, a cut out turkey that needed a disguise for Thanksgiving. You had to do more than color it in, BE CREATIVE we were told. #1 Son and the Insane One were brainstorming and came up with Bob the Builder. The IO made the safety goggles, #1 Son made the hat and the tools, Baby Girl made the tape measure and I made the clothes. Yes it's a bit more involved than a second grader would have done alone, but it sort of took on a life of its own. It may not exactly be what the teacher wanted, but we had fun as a family!! LOL

And last but not least, the IO has started a new job. He is now a Pa…